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California keeps key virus data out of public sight

California keeps key virus data out of public sight

Close the sidebarLoading Video…This browser does not support the Video element.California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.But with the state starting to emerge from its worst surge, his administration won’t disclose key information that will help determine when his latest stay-at-home order is lifted.State health officials said they rely on a very complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public if they were made public.Dr. Lee Riley,...

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Judge orders Pacifica yoga studio that held mask-free classes to shut down

Judge orders Pacifica yoga studio that held mask-free classes to shut down

Pacifica Beach Yoga was closed Friday, but it took a court order to do it. Studio owner Thomas Antoon says he may defy it. Pacifica Beach Yoga was closed Friday, but it took a court order to enforce the closure. Studio owner Thomas Antoon says he may defy it. "I'm hoping to be back open Tuesday. I'm going to talk to some people Monday and make sure I've got things under control the way I want it," he said.Antoon acknowledges that up until Thursday night he has been ignoring the California and San Mateo County health orders by conducting hour-long indoor hot yoga sessions for up to 10 people...

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Hundreds of children being admitted to Arizona hospitals for COVID-19

Hundreds of children being admitted to Arizona hospitals for COVID-19

"Parents, please make good choices to keep your children and the community safe" are the words said by a spokesperson for Banner Health as she says hundreds of children with are being admitted into hospitals each month. In a Sunday, Jan. 17, Becky Armendariz, a public relations specialist for Banner Health, says hundreds of children with COVID-19 are being hospitalized each month and numbers are growing from December and January cases. She didn't provide specifics on the severity of children's illnesses but calls on parents to make responsible decisions when it comes to the health of their...

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Lost password separates San Francisco programmer from $220 million in Bitcoin

Lost password separates San Francisco programmer from $220 million in Bitcoin

A San Francisco programmer has two guesses left to figure out a password to his digital wallet that contains $220 million worth of Bitcoin, part of an estimated $140 billion worth of tokens that are lost or inaccessible. Stefan Thomas is locked out of his small hard drive that contains passwords to access 7,002 Bitcoins, as first reported by the New York Times. The cryptocurrency has seen a recent boom and rallied to a record high of $41,946 last week, up more than 50 percent from the record it set last month. Bitcoin owners carry private keys that are required for moving or spending...

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West Oakland food desert blooms with a single produce market

West Oakland food desert blooms with a single produce market

The opening of a community-oriented grocery store in West Oakland was the first time in 50 years that a market selling fresh fruits and vegetables had opened in the neighborhood. For most people living in West Oakland, the Community Foods Market is an oasis in a food desert. Before it opened last year on San Pablo Avenue, there hadn't been a market selling fresh fruit and vegetables in almost 50 years in the neighborhood. Alex Grant appreciates that he no longer needs to travel outside the neighborhood. He says he's eating a healthier diet."There was nothing close or convenient," said Grant...

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Jan 11
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Helicopter drops huge A/C unit onto Oakland street

Helicopter drops huge A/C unit onto Oakland street

Video: twitter.com/meatisburger. A huge industrial air conditioning unit crashed onto a downtown Oakland, California, street seconds after it was lifted by a helicopter. Witnesses say that nobody was hurt when the cables snapped and the unit about the size of a truck fell onto the pavement and sent construction workers running for cover on Saturday. Brothers Gabriel and Rudi Tcruz were walking by and stopped to record video of the Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter lifting the A/C unit."It picked up the air conditioning unit, and then the cables snapped," Rudi Tcruz said. "The helicopter is so...

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Over 50 people arrested, 14 officers injured and 4 deaths reported amid pro-Trump protests in DC

Over 50 people arrested, 14 officers injured and 4 deaths reported amid pro-Trump protests in DC

Washington, D.C.'s police chief says over 50 people were arrested Wednesday during pro-Trump protests in the nation's capital. Four of the arrests were related to guns. As of 10:30 p.m. this evening, D.C. police is reporting approximately 47 curfew-violation arrests. A more accurate number will be provided on Thursday, according to police. Police Chief Robert J. says two pipe bombs and a cooler with Molotov cocktails were also found near Capitol grounds. The Capitol was locked down after protesters charged the building as Congress began counting the . The vote has since continued at an...

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California may have paid out-of-state inmates job benefits

California may have paid out-of-state inmates job benefits

More than $40 million in California funding intended to help people left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic probably went to inmates in out-of-state jails and prisons, officials said. The state has acknowledged that its Employment Development Department was bilked out of hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 unemployment funds that went to fraudsters, including some in the name of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. But a December analysis commissioned by the state’s EDD found that the department approved more than 6,000 claims totaling more than $42 million involving people who probably...

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Bay Area ICU capacity drops to its lowest level yet

Bay Area ICU capacity drops to its lowest level yet

Greg Liggins reports. California has broken another dubious record as the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the ICU has crossed above 4,600. As Southern California buckles under the weight of COVID-19 cases, a Bay Area doctor fears the Bay Area could be next. Data from the state depicts a disturbing trend with the number of ICU patients rapidly climbing, while the number of ICU beds for them are in sharp decline. In Southern California, the state’s most dire zone, patients flowing into ICU’s are already spilling over the top, taking a toll on personnel at Methodist Hospital of...

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Jan 3
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Witness: bystanders chased fatal hit-and-run suspect down, leading to arrest

Witness: bystanders chased fatal hit-and-run suspect down, leading to arrest

KTVU's Christien Kafton reports. New details emerged Friday about Thursday's that left two women dead and one man in custody. An eyewitness told KTVU that bystanders were instrumental in yesterday afternoon's arrest. The witness said immediately after the crash, as the suspect tried to bolt, a crowd of people chased him down. 2020 ended on a final deadly note in San Francisco with two women killed in a hit-and-run accident at Mission and 2nd streets.Police arrested Troy McAlister, 45, saying he was behind the wheel of the stolen car and tried to flee the scene. An investigator confirmed it...

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Christien Kafton
Jan 1
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Military teams in California to help with COVID response, source says

Military teams in California to help with COVID response, source says

Members of the military have begun arriving in California to begin helping areas hardest hit by the pandemic's latest surge. California tapped military personnel for help treating COVID as the state has reached a critical point in its fight against the virus.  A source told KTVU of the plan and said 75 U.S. Army and Airforce medical personnel arrived in California on Monday to assist in the pandemic response. They will reportedly be assisting with a Regeneron trial at a hospital in El Centro.  El Centro is seated in Imperial County and has the highest per capita COVID rate in the...

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Louisiana congressman Luke Letlow dead from COVID-19

Louisiana congressman Luke Letlow dead from COVID-19

Luke Letlow, Louisiana's incoming Republican member of the U.S. House, died Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19 only days before he would have been sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect's death at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport. "The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time," Bautsch said in a statement. "A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time."Louisiana's eight-member...

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Grassroots effort to save historic piano bar in Oakland at brink of closure

Grassroots effort to save historic piano bar in Oakland at brink of closure

KTVU's Elissa Harrington reports. A historic piano bar in Oakland was on the verge of closing for good until A GoFundMe was launched by some loyal regulars. The Alley Piano Bar & Restaurant, located in the Grand Lake neighborhood has been around since the 1930s. But in March, it was forced to close its doors, and the owner doesn’t know when it will finally be safe to reopen. Its unique interior includes wallpaper made of business cards. There’s a lounge area with traditional songbooks and microphones."It’s an Oakland institution. It’s a travel destination," said Bryan Seet, on The Alley’s...

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Elissa Harrington
Dec 24
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San Francisco woman wins $10M off scratcher before Christmas

San Francisco woman wins $10M off scratcher before Christmas

Christmas came early for a lucky woman in San Francisco who won big off a scratcher she purchased from a gas station.  Arminda Villafuerte scored $10 million on an Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket she bought at an Arco station at 5898 Mission Street in San Francisco. The gas station will also receive a bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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Two rappers shot to death in San Mateo as homicide rate spikes

Two rappers shot to death in San Mateo as homicide rate spikes

Henry Lee reports on the two rappers who were killed as the city of San Mateo sees a spike in homicides in 2020. San Mateo usually averages one or two homicides a year. But as 2020 draws to a close, the city has recorded four killings, and two of those victims were aspiring rappers. "Never has he once told me that he thought his life was in jeopardy," said Veronica Lasi, the mother of one of the rappers who was killed. Lasi's son, rap artist Melota Lasi Jr., also known as "Cutty Banks," was shot dead Saturday outside the Wells Fargo Bank at the Hillsdale Shopping Center."For a mother to...

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Henry Lee
Dec 23
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Trump asks Congress to amend $900B COVID-19 relief bill, increase stimulus checks to $2,000

Trump asks Congress to amend $900B COVID-19 relief bill, increase stimulus checks to $2,000

The president posted to Twitter, addressing Congress, asking it to amend the COVID-19 relief bill and eliminate the unnecessary spending. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for lawmakers to amend the $900 billion pandemic relief package that was passed by Congress on Monday, which was set to deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Trump, in a video posted to Twitter, called on Congress to increase the $600 stimulus payments contained in the bill to $2,000 per person, or...

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East Bay doctor removed from position after questioning stay-at-home orders

East Bay doctor removed from position after questioning stay-at-home orders

An East Bay doctor is calling for more dialog surrounding the lockdown in Contra Costa County. He and others are concerned the shelter-in-place orders may be doing more harm than good. An East Bay doctor is calling for more dialog surrounding the lockdown in Contra Costa County. He and others are concerned the shelter-in-place orders may be doing more harm than good. A letter questioning the effectiveness of lockdowns in Contra Costa County has led to unforeseen consequences for Dr. Michael deBoisblanc. "Some of the county lockdown measures like keeping our kids out of school, really has...

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Dec 22
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DA charges man with murder in 1988 kidnapping of Michaela Garecht

DA charges man with murder in 1988 kidnapping of Michaela Garecht

A man has been arrested and charged with murder in the 1988 disappearance of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht, who vanished from a supermarket parking lot more than three decades ago, KTVU has learned. A man has been arrested and charged with murder in the 1988 kidnapping of 9-year-old , who vanished from a supermarket parking lot more than three decades ago, KTVU has learned. Sources first told KTVU on Monday that David Misch, 59, a convicted killer already held by Fremont police and charged in the 1986 slayings of two women, has now also been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney in...

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Henry Lee
Dec 21
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$50K reward offered in arson at San Francisco Armenian church

$50K reward offered in arson at San Francisco Armenian church

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's San Francisco Division announced a $50,000 reward on Thursday for information on the .  The arson at the church's adjacent administration building happened on Sept. 17 at around 4 a.m. in the city's Presidio Heights neighborhood. Fire, heavy smoke and water destroyed church records, and ripped through its library and Sunday school, causing significant damage to the church itself.  No injuries were reported from the fire.  In July, someone , the only Armenian school in Northern California. Then in September, two days after the church fire, gunshots were...

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Citizens exit Muni bus to intervene in woman’s rape, witness accounts help SFPD make arrest

Citizens exit Muni bus to intervene in woman’s rape, witness accounts help SFPD make arrest

Bus riders help catch rape suspect on Muni. San Francisco police say citizens who intervened and witnesses of a rape happening along Market Street on Wednesday helped police make an arrest when they spotted the suspect hours later.  At around 6:30 p.m. officers from the Tenderloin Station responded to the 900 block of Market Street on the report of a sexual assault.  When they arrived they found the victim, an unconscious 60-year-old woman. She was taken to the hospital for injuries. Officers said several witnesses told them the woman was sexually assaulted. One witness had seen what was...

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Trump cuts healthcare funds to California over abortions

Trump cuts healthcare funds to California over abortions

The Trump administration said Wednesday it was cutting $200 million in federal healthcare funding to California because the state requires insurance providers to cover abortions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it will withhold the funding from Medicaid in the new fiscal quarter starting in January and “if the state does not come into compliance” the department will cut an additional $200 million per fiscal quarter. The administration warned California earlier this year that it could lose federal funding over a 2014 regulation mandating that employers and private...

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SF D.A. Boudin charges SFPD officer for man's Fisherman’s Wharf beating

SF D.A. Boudin charges SFPD officer for man's Fisherman’s Wharf beating

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Monday announced charges against a San Francisco police officer for the alleged 2019 beating of a man at Fisherman's Wharf.  This marks the third SFPD officer to be criminally charged or indicted in less than a month.  Officer Terrance Stangel faces felony charges for beating Dacari Spiers with his baton on October 7, 2019. Charges against Stangel include assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, and assault under color of authority. Spiers, whose leg and wrist were broken in the beating, had alleged through his...

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Silicon Valley exodus: Bay Area tech companies leaving for Texas

Silicon Valley exodus: Bay Area tech companies leaving for Texas

Tom Vacar reports. In the last few weeks, three major Silicon Valley players have decided that the Lone Star State is more tech friendly than the Golden State by moving their headquarters.  Silicon Valley recovered from the dot-com crash as well as the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. But how it will fare after the exodus remains to be seen. , a legacy Silicon Valley high tech company, is moving its headquarters staff to Austin, Texas. , is doing the , entrepreneur founder of Tesla, Space X, and many other audacious high tech enterprises. "They haven't left Silicon Valley; they're still...

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Dec 15
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Oracle relocates Redwood City headquarters to Austin, Texas

Oracle relocates Redwood City headquarters to Austin, Texas

Oracle Corporation, a multi-billion dollar software and technology company, is the latest tech giant to announce that it's leaving Silicon Valley for Texas. Oracle made the announcement Friday afternoon after it was reported by . The company is by far the largest employer in Redwood City, with over 6,500 employees, representing 13.5% of the jobs in that city, according to . Oracle Corporation, a multi-billion dollar software and technology company, is the latest tech giant to announce that it's leaving Silicon Valley for Texas. In a statement to KTVU, Oracle said "we believe these moves...

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Cipher solved in Zodiac Killer case decades after it was sent

Cipher solved in Zodiac Killer case decades after it was sent

(Getty Images) A coded message attributed to the Zodiac Killer, who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area, has been solved decades after it was sent to a San Francisco newspaper.  The Zodiac Killer has never been caught since slaying at least five people in the late 1960s, and the case continues to fascinate the public. The cracking of the so-called “340 Cipher” by a group of private codebreakers was first reported on Friday in , which received the message from the alleged killer in 1969. “I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me,” part of the message said, according to the...

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